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Swadesh Kumar Das, Ph.D., M. Agg., M.Sc.

Massey Cancer Center research program membership

Cancer Biology

Department affiliations

Associate Professor, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, School of Medicine


PhD, Kobe University, Japan (2006)
MS, Kobe University, Japan (2003)
MS, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (1995)

Research description

My major interests are in understanding the role of genomic changes in development of cancer, with specific focus on melanoma and developing approaches for better therapy. Studies are underway to identify new biomarkers in serum and plasma that can be used to stage cancer growth and metastasis and to monitor response to therapy. My long-term goals are to continue to develop my scientific expertise and continue developing into a productive independent investigator. I am highly experienced in cellular and molecular biology, and I am familiar with handling different animal models, imaging, and histological techniques.

Disease focus of research

Breast, Prostate, Brain & nervous system

Research keywords

Angiogenesis,Animal models,Apoptosis,Autophagy,Bioinformatics,Biomarkers,Cancer cell biology,Cancer diagnostics,Cell cycle regulation,Cell signaling,Cytoskeleton,Drug discovery,Imaging,Immunotherapy,Inflammation,Metastasis,Molecular medicine,Signal transduction,Targeted therapies,Translational science,Tumor microenvironment,Tumor suppressors

Published research (during tenure as a Massey Cancer Center member)

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